Mainz will hope to continue their recent upward trajectory by getting a positive result at home to a hard-worked Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday to continue their battle for top-flight survival (15:30CEST/13:30GMT).
Gladbach’s injury list got even longer this week with the news that Oscar Wendt and Josip Drmic will miss the result of the season. Raffael has returned to training this week, but will not be ready to face Mainz
Mainz: Huth – Donati, Bell, Hack, Brosinski – Frei, Latza – Quaison, Bojan, De Blasis – Muto
Coach: Martin Schmidt
Absentees: Müller (muscle), Bussmann (rehab), Berggreen (fitness), Jairo (ankle)
Gladbach:Sommer – Elvedi, Christensen, Vestergaard, Schulz – Dahoud, Strobl – Traore, Hofmann – Hahn, Stindl
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Kramer (knee), Johnson (thigh), Jantschke (muscle), Hazard (knee), Raffael (knee), Wendt (elbow), Drmic (knee)
- Mainz have taken four points from their last two games and set a new record for distance covered by running 124.1 kilometres collectively in last weekend’s draw with Bayern Munich.
- Gladbach will only face teams in the last third of the table in their remaining four matches, though it may not necessarily help their cause: they picked up just four points against the same opponents in the Hinrunde.
- The Foals have conceded ten goals in their last three Bundesliga games, more than in their first 11 Bundesliga games under Dieter Hecking (nine).
- Four of those goals have come from set-pieces — Gladbach had only conceded once from a dead ball in the first 27 Matchdays.
- Mönchengladbach have dropped 17 points after taking the lead this season, and picked up just four after coming from behind.
- The Foals have played the most competitive matches of any Bundesliga team this campaign — the match at the OPEL Arena will be their 48th.
- ^ Mainz (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Borussia Mönchengladbach (www.bundesliga.com)
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- ^ Jhon Cordoba (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Levin Öztunali (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Robin Quaison (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Oscar Wendt (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Josip Drmic (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Raffael (www.bundesliga.com)
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